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About Newport Rowing Club

Founded in August 2010, the Newport Rowing Club is a nonprofit organization with the mission to provide education, training, instruction, and participation in amateur rowing while developing the healthy minds, bodies, and character of student athletes.

Our athletes come from all across Delaware, southeastern Pennsylvania, and New Jersey. Schools our athletes have attended include: A.I. DuPont, Archmere, Avon Grove, Brandywine, Cab Calloway, Charter, Concord HS, Conrad, Garnet Valley, Kennett, Las Américas ASPIRA, Mt. Pleasant, Padua, Salesianum, Sanford, St. Marks, Tatnall, Tower Hill, Unionville, Ursuline, and Wilmington Friends.

NRC Alumni

Check out our impressive list of alumni and their respective colleges.

Newport Rowing Club's Coaches & Staff

Jess Crosby

Head Coach

Jess started her rowing career as a coxswain at Newport Rowing Club in 2013, while she was a junior at Padua Academy. She was recruited to cox for the Women's Rowing team at Saint Joseph's University in 2015, where she studied International Business and Marketing. While at SJU, she was a four year varsity coxswain on the women's rowing team, and a two year Varsity 8+ coxswain. During the summers of 2015-2017, Jess coached the Developmental Sculling Program at Crescent Boat Club on Boathouse Row and helped with the summer rowing program at SJU. After graduation in 2019, she coached for Conestoga Crew Club on the Schuylkill as the Head Novice Coach. Jess was named Head Coach of Newport Rowing Club in August 2020. She also works in Marketing at Watchdog Project Management in Philadelphia, PA.

John ("JT") Tierney

Assistant Coach

John began rowing on the River Thames, at Hammersmith, for St. Clement Danes Grammar School and Furnivall Sculling Club, in 1964. He continued rowing with great success at Reading University in both four and eight-oared events. In 1974, drawn to the area by its established rowing community, he came to Philadelphia and Temple University to study for a Ph.D. in organic chemistry. John rowed at the Vesper Boat Club representing the club at national and international regattas. He also coached intermediate and senior programs each summer between 1979 and 1985. In July 1986 he was named Rowing Team Leader for the US Olympic Sports Festival in Houston Texas. In August 1986 he became the Team Leader for the US lightweight team to the World Rowing Championships in Nottingham, England. He subsequently led US Teams to regattas and World Championships in Copenhagen (Denmark), Luzern (Switzerland), Amsterdam (Holland), Hazewinkel (Belgium), Zeged (Hungary), and Milan (Italy). In 1991 he was Team Leader at the Pan Am games in Cuba, and the following year in Barcelona for the 1992 Olympics. His affiliation began with Newport when his daughter, Lanie, started rowing there in 2016. John Tierney, known to the athletes as "Coach JT", joined the NRC staff alongside his other daughter, Emma, in the spring of 2019. He also serves on the Board at Vesper Boat Club and still occasionally gets in a boat to row with former crewmates.

Erin Mullen

Middle School Coach

An NRC alumna, Erin first cultivated her love for rowing as a sophomore at Padua Academy in 2010. Beginning as a non-competitive rower and moving up to compete in varsity competitions in her senior year, she raced in a Women’s Lightweight 4+ in the 2013 USRowing Youth National Championships. She graduated from the University of Delaware and returned to NRC in 2017 to continue her rowing career as the middle school coach, hoping to inspire the same love for the sport that she found as a young athlete.


Karen Cunningham


Karen Cunningham has had the opportunity to work with middle and high school students for the last 30 years with her job teaching in the Garnet Valley School District. She made her way to NRC through her daughter, Maggie, who rowed at NRC during her four years at Padua. Maggie loved the sport so much that she continued to row at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, and graduated in 2019.

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Newport, DE 19804